Scaffolding primary teachers in designing and enacting language-oriented science lessons

Authors Jantien Smit , Martine Gijsel , Anna Hotze , Arthur Bakker
Published in Learning, Culture and Social Interaction
Publication date 2018
Research groups Research group Science and Technology Education
Type Article

Summary

The purpose of the design-based research reported here is to show – as a proof of principle – how the idea of scaffolding can be used to support primary teachers in a professional development programme (PDP) to design and enact language-oriented science lessons. The PDP consisted of six sessions of 2.5 h each in which twelve primary school teachers took part over a period of six months. It centralised the language support that pupils need to reason during science lessons. In line with the idea of scaffolding, the structure of the PDP targeted teachers' gradual independence in designing lessons. The first research question is how scaffolding was enacted during the PDP. The analysis of video recordings, field notes, researcher and teacher logs, and teacher design assignments focused on the enactment of three scaffolding characteristics: diagnosis, responsiveness and handover to independence. The second research question concerns what teachers learned from the participation in the PDP that followed a scaffolding approach. The data analysis illustrates that these teachers had learned much in terms of designing and enacting language-oriented science lessons. In terms of diagnosis and responsiveness, our PDP approach was successful, but we problematise the ideal of scaffolding approaches focused on handover to independence.

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  • Jantien Smit | Researcher | Research group Science and Technology Education
    Jantien Smit
    • Researcher
    • Research groups: Multilingualism and Education

Language English
Published in Learning, Culture and Social Interaction
Year and volume 2018 18
ISBN/ISSN URN:ISSN:2210-6561
Key words adaptivity, scaffolding, design capacity, professional development, student reasoning
Digital Object Identifier https://doi.org/10.1016/j.lcsi.2018.03.006
Page range 72-85

Jantien Smit

Jantien Smit | Researcher | Research group Science and Technology Education

Jantien Smit

  • Researcher
  • Research group: Multilingualism and Education